With COVID-induced limitations around shopping, most Australians have become comfortable with the concept of moving seamlessly between physical and online channels for their shopping experience. Retail has responded by blurring the lines between physical and online stores, so they are not viewed in isolation anymore – the hybridisation of retail. This looks to be a change that is here to stay.
2020 was a challenging year for everyone. Yet it was also a period of opportunities to fuel innovation and turn over strategies in a matter of days or weeks rather than setting monthly or annual plans. According to Precisely, almost 90% of organisations have updated their customer experience (CX) strategies in response to the pandemic.
As we approach the 2020 Christmas shopping season, questions around the impacts of COVID-19 on shopper behaviour abound. What will be the same as 2019? What will be different? What do we, as retailers, marketers and brands, need to be thinking about as we enter into the most important retail season of the year?
Over the last two decades, a range of factors have led many Australian businesses to offshore their contact centres. Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on this offshoring model, with the pandemic presenting both threats and opportunities to Australian businesses as they are prompted to reassess their external dependencies and risks.
Collectively, we are facing an unprecedented situation. With COVID-19 we are experiencing something that no one has seen before in our lifetime. It is affecting everyone from our families to our businesses and communities.
Preparations are well underway for Australian brands and retailers to capitalise on the upcoming holiday shopping season. As a key trading milestone – where Australians dig deep into their pockets to make Christmas purchases for their loved ones – brands and retailers are doing everything in their power to make the most of this festive retail period.
Since Fiona Whelan’s appointment as Managing Director in 2016 of CPM’s International Contact Centre in Barcelona, the company has gone from strength to strength. During this time, CPM Barcelona has experienced 300% growth and secured a multi-million investment to fuel business expansion into an additional site, creating over 1,000 new jobs for the region.
Oct 13, 2017 – At last night’s 2017 POPAI Marketing @Retail Awards, Microsoft and their agency partner – Retail Safari – were awarded the “2017 Field Marketing Excellence Award”. The industry event is dedicated to celebrating and recognising the innovations of retail and shopper marketing across Australia.
Today’s consumers are faced with more choices than ever when considering how they want to reach a brand. They’re more digitally connected, socially networked and better informed than ever before.
Consumers are saying it’s still so hard to navigate and resolve customer service issues. These growing number of touch-points has had the negative effect of widening the gap between brands and consumers.
Our CPM Expert Speak comes from Martin Ryan, Chief Development Officer at CPM Group of Companies Asia Pacific. Martin discusses the positive aspects of an overseas assignment and comments on the cultural and personal behaviours and strategies to demonstrate when conducting business in Asia.